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This is what it looks like to live "off the grid" in the United States

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How far would you be willing to go to minimize your impact on the planet?

Photographer Eric Valli has assembled an absolutely stunning series of images, documenting the lives of people who have decided to live out their lives "Off the Grid." Valli says he spent a number of years living with four different groups, each one living at a different degree of separation from society.

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Writes Valli:

There are growing number of people
who have decided to live light on the earth
to not be a part of problem anymore
I spent the last few years with four of them
striving for harmony with nature
in the most pristine corners of United States.

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We've included a few examples below, but you'll want to check out Valli's site for the entire series.

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Illustration for article titled This is what it looks like to live off the grid in the United States
Illustration for article titled This is what it looks like to live off the grid in the United States
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[Spotted on boingboing]

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BoingBoing commenter jnce did the required legwork:

"I thought the folks done up in that groovy buck-skin looked a bit to pretty to be living off the earth. They are, apparently, part of some "class" you can take to learn primitive skills. See here: [www.lynxvilden.com]

So they are "living off the grid" in the sense that they, along with up to 11 other people, pay $600 a week to learn "primitive skills." And I guess the instructor, too, is "living off the grid" if you don't count the $6K she siphons off of the folks who are living on the grid the other 51 weeks a year.

But, hey, I dig the antler buttons."

So they're weekend warriors paying for the wilderness experience.